Creamy Pico De Gallo


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Creamy pico de gallo is perfect for those who want a creamier dipping sauce and a slightly less spicy salsa. And it couldn’t be easier to make! It’s just my authentic Pico de Gallo recipe plus Greek yogurt. This new version may not be as traditional, but it sure is a tasty variation.

Scoop it up as a dip like Guacamole or dollop it on top of my Carne Asada Tacos, Carne Asada Fries or Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats. It’s add a deliciously creamy, spicy flavor.

Creamy pico de gallo dip in a black bowl next to chips and salsa.

Recently I made a double batch of my favorite Pico de Gallo recipe for a party and had leftovers, so stored it in the fridge. As luck would have it, I had some homemade yogurt in the fridge and the next day as I saw both next to each other it dawned on me. I should combine them!

Creamy Pico de Gallo is a great way to switch up your normal salsa routine. And it’s a great option for those who prefer creamy dips and dressings, like ranch, French onion dip or spinach artichoke dip.

What makes Greek Yogurt so special?

While I initially made this recipe with regular yogurt, I do recommend Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has a thicker consistency and it’s a great source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-12 and probiotics which is great for your gut bacteria (I’m always talking about gut health in my Instagram stories). Greek yogurt also has less sugar and carbs compared to regular, non-Greek yogurts and because it has less whey, it tends to be creamier and thicker.

Creamy pico de gallo dip in a black bowl next to chips and salsa.

Can Yogurt Cool Spicy Food?

Yogurt has a natural cooling effect, so it’s also perfect for those friends or family members who like a less spicy salsa. If you’re bold and put serrano pepper in your pico de gallo, then the Greek yogurt will strip out much of the spice.

If you’ve ever devoured something way over your spice threshold (like me… all the time) then you’ve probably heard you need to drink milk (rather than water) to cool down your taste buds. That’s because the casein in milk neutralizes the capsaicin from the pepper. In this recipe, the yogurt plays the role of milk and reduces some of that spicy kick. But trust me, there’s still plenty of awesome spicy flavor in this recipe.

This creamy pico de gallo is amazingly delicious, surprisingly easy and great with my cassava tortilla chips, cucumber slices and celery sticks. Enjoy!

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Creamy pico de gallo dip in a black bowl next to chips and salsa.

Creamy Pico De Gallo

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Creamy pico de gallo is perfect for those who want a creamier dipping sauce and a slightly less spicy salsa. It's just a combination of my authentic Pico de Gallo recipe plus Greek yogurt. So easy!


Pico de Gallo

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 2/3 cup white onion, finely diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 serrano pepper or jalapeño, finely chopped

Greek Yogurt

  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt


  • Place all the ingredients for the pico de gallo in a bowl and stir together.
  • In separate bowl, add the Greek yogurt. Then add the pico de gallo, which should be approximately 3 cups. I recommend scooping the pico de gallo rather than pouring it into the yogurt, so you don't add the extra juices at the bottom of the bowl. This will keep your dip thicker and creamier.
  • Serve with chips or veggies and enjoy. 

Lisa's Tips

  • This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of creamy pico de gallo.
  • If you're trying to make a smaller or larger batch of the creamy pico de gallo, combine the pico de gallo and Greek yogurt at a 2:1 ration (ex. 2 cups of pico de gallo to 1 cup yogurt).


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Creamy Dip, Creamy Pico de Gallo, Pico de Gallo Greek Yogurt
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I made this tonight to go on your lettuce wrapped shrimp tacos. AMAZING! Your recipe for the shrimp tacos as well as the creamy pico was a flavor match made in heaven. My husband said, “you have to tell Lisa she knocked it out of the park with these recipes!” Lisa, you make me look like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen. Thank you so very much! Dee Fieret ❤️5 stars

    1. Hi Dee – Aw, I’m so happy to hear that! And yes, this pico de gallo on shrimp tacos is chef’s kiss.

    1. That’s awesome, Melinda! So glad you loved it and thank you for the kind comment! :)

  2. what a fun idea! i never even dreamed of making pico de gallo creamy and i love a creamy dip! this would be great on tacos or eggs!5 stars

    1. Haha Yes, neither did I, until I tried it. And I was oooohh THIS IS GOOD. I must share! :)

  3. I really like using Greek yogurt for dips, such a lovely flavour and much less fat than mayo, particularly if you use the lower fat variety. This dip sounds amazing, and just the thing for scooping up with nachos or enjoying with a lovely selection of raw vegetables.5 stars

    1. Yes, there’s just something about Greek yogurt that just enhances any flavor its with. :)

  4. Love your creamy pico de gallo, it’s always a hit with the family when I make it, delicious and so flavorful!5 stars

  5. I have never thought of this making pico de gallo this way but now this is the only way I want to make Pico de Gallo!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much! It’s really quite delicious and a fun alternative to tradtional pico de gallo. Hope you enjoy it!